Can you believe we already a third through November! I needed to reschedule a dentist appointment yesterday and asked to do so a couple weeks out. The receptionist asked if I wanted before or after Thanksgiving. Wait, what?!! It seems like Thanksgiving should be far more than a couple weeks away! But, nonetheless it’s approaching friends.
Today, I am sharing a few tidbits of wisdom from Casper, the masterminds behind the award-winning mattress (you’ve probably seen their commercials on t.v.!) that’s not only obsessively engineered, but also ships for free to your home where you can try it out for 100 days to #getyoursleepon.
Being a new mom, I’m always tired. Ha! One of the reasons we waited so long to have any children is because I knew and owned the fact that I was selfish when it came to sleep. I’m in no way one of those super moms who can function on a few hours of sleep, and still smile all day long with a perfect face of makeup. I. can’t. function.
I love this scripture from Psalm 4:8- “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” I knew sharing these tips from Casper would hit home for me as a refresher, and I am hoping they encourage you as well for a better night’s sleep.
- A busy mind: If you’re a woman, then you have a busy mind! Ok, so guys do too, but in a different way. But seriously, women’s brain are wired to think of multiple things at once. It’s scientific, check THIS out or THIS one. If I am feeling particularly “busy” at bedtime, ya know the nights you know you need to do a million things the following day, I pull out a notebook and just write. Write it all out. That way I know I won’t forget to do it, but atleast it’s not swimming around in my head inhibiting my ability to get the rest I need to get “all the things” done the next day.
2. Anxiety: Oh mercy, this usually hits me if I wake up in the middle of the night. It’s crazy the ideas and scary thoughts of “what could happen” that pop in my mind in the wee hours of the night when the house is still and dark. For me, I have been memorizing scripture, so I go through all the scriptures I have memorized. I also pray if I’m not back to sleep yet, and ask the Lord to calm my fear and for His peace and comfort to wash over me. And if I am still awake I revert to the good ‘ole counting. I take several deep breaths and count as slow as possible. Usually works like a charm. (I actually got this tip from when we were preparing for labor, but it works in this capacity just as well!)
3. Not tired: I’m usually not not tired, but there a few nights when I get a lot done and have a burst of energy, or am excited and worked up about a project or a blog post that I am just not sleepy even though I know I will regret not taking advantage of sleep time. However, for me as soon as I lay down, I can usually be asleep in less than 10 minutes! My sweet husband, on the other hand, has a hard time falling asleep and will lay in bed for hours before actually falling asleep. Why?! Because he won’t put down his phone! It’s been proven that the blue light on our phones disrupt our melatonin, you can read more about it HERE. Maybe one day I will be able to convince him to read a real book, but until then… 🙂
4. Discomfort: Being uncomfortable is sure to prevent you from falling asleep or atleast sleeping soundly. Have you ever stayed in a hotel with terrible pillows and a mattress that caused you to feel like you hadn’t slept at all the next day? I rest my case. We recently stayed in hotel where the pillows appeared plush and were for about 2 seconds, but by the third second my head was flat on the mattress with just the pillowcase in between me and the bed. I was so sore the next day! Like I mentioned earlier, Casper has revolutionized the mattress, but they also have engineered pillows and sheets too! Creating the perfect environment for a restful night of sleep. Did I mention you can try them out for 100 days! Head over their site and learn more!
Until next time friends!